What Version of Microsoft Office Do I Have?.
If the same Microsoft Office application has different features on different devices, it’s likely that these are different versions. Some third-party add-ins and templates also have features that only work with certain versions of Office. Here are a few reasons why you might want to know which version of Microsoft Office is installed on your computer.
Microsoft Office programs should be updated automatically, especially on Windows devices. But this doesn’t always happen. You may need to manually check the Office application version and compare it against the Microsoft Office update database. This guide covers the steps to check Office versions on Mac and Windows devices. You’ll also learn how to run Office updates on these devices.
Demystifying Microsoft Office Version Structure
As you explore the versions of Office applications on Windows, you’ll come across a sequence of numbers (and letters). Microsoft is using its new five-digit build number format to label most versions of Office 365 apps. Office app version information is typically a two-digit version number followed by a 10-digit build number, halved by a dot.
“Version” refers to a standalone edition of an Office application, while “build” refers to a variant of a specific version. Microsoft frequently releases new builds to fix bugs and address performance issues, and version updates mostly introduce new features.
Let’s take this dummy version of an Office application as an example: version 2204 (Build 15128.20224 Click-to-Run).
“2204” is the application’s version number, “15128.20224” is the build number, and “Click to Run” is the installation type.
Microsoft also includes an install type at the end of the Office application version. “Windows Store” means you installed the Office application from the Microsoft Store. If you download and install an Office product from Microsoft or third-party sources, this is a Click-to-Run installation.
Check Office Versions in macOS
Checking versions of the Microsoft Office app for Mac is easy. This procedure is the same for all Office applications, regardless of their version.
Open the Microsoft Office application on your Mac and select the product name from the menu bar.Select About Microsoft [Product] to continue.
You’ll see “About Microsoft OneNote” in the app menu if you’re using OneNote.
You’ll find the version of the Microsoft Office application right below its name.
Check Microsoft Office Version on Windows PCs
You can check the Office application version in Windows Settings, Control Panel, or the Application Settings menu.
Check the Office version in the Account Settings menu
Open a Microsoft Excel, Word document, Powerpoint, Outlook, or any Office application and do the following.
Select “File” in the upper left corner of the application window.
Select “Office Account” in the sidebar.
In some Office applications, choose Account from the File menu.
If you are using an earlier version of Microsoft Office (Office 2010 or earlier), open the File menu and select Help.
Check the Product Information section of the page for your version of Office.
If you have a Microsoft Office 365 subscription, you will only find products in your Office suite in this section. Scroll to the “About Office” row to see the version of the Office application.
Click the About Office icon to view more information about the Microsoft Office application.
For example, selecting “About Word” will display the license ID, version, and build number of Microsoft Word in a new window. You can also check in the dialog box if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Microsoft Word installed.
From the Windows Settings menu
Go to Settings > Apps and select Installed apps.
On Windows 10, go to Settings > Apps > Apps & Features.
You will find versions of Microsoft Office programs under their names.
If Windows doesn’t display the version of Office in the app preview, there’s another way to check. Click the three-dot menu icon next to the Office application and select More options.
Check the “Version” line in the “Specifications” section for the version of the Office application.
Open the Windows Control Panel and select Programs.
Select Programs and Features.
Find the Office application and check its version in the Version column. Alternatively, select an application and check its version at the bottom of the Control Panel windows.
Switch to detailed view if the Control Panel does not display the Version column on the page. To do this, click the More options drop-down button in the upper right corner of the application list.
You should now be able to check the size, version, and installation date of Office applications in Control Panel.
How to Update Microsoft Office Applications
The steps to update Office applications depend on your computer’s operating system and Office product.
Updating Microsoft Office applications on macOS
If you installed Microsoft Office apps from the App Store, you can update them from the App Store. The Microsoft AutoUpdate tool also helps you keep Microsoft apps up to date on macOS devices.
Install and run the Microsoft AutoUpdate tool and select the Automatically update Microsoft applications check box. Similarly, select Update to install the latest legacy Microsoft apps on your Mac.
Updating Microsoft Office applications on Windows
Open the Office application you want to update, select “File” from the menu bar, and select “Account” or “Office Account”.
Office updates should download in the background. You can continue to use the app while the update is downloading. However, Office will need to close and reopen the application in order to install the update. You will be prompted to save your documents when it’s time to install the updates.
What Version of Microsoft Office Do I Have?
What Version of Microsoft Office Do I Have?